60 Second Intl. Film Festival – Faisalabad Chapter

60SIFF Team landed in Faisalabad on the 12th of March, 2016. The festival was held at Minerva Cinema Complex. We started off with Filmmaking & Photography Workshop for Kids that aimed to bring out the filmmaker in each and every one of them. The kids were taught the basics of this form of art during the session i.e. from holding the camera properly to creating a perfect composition. “Using the camera is much easier now, I am glad 60SIFF came to Faisalabad,” said a student after attending the workshop.

We then handed out cameras and other equipment to the kids for them to practice the techniques they were taught during the workshop. The workshop was followed by Screening for Kids by Kids where the attendees were shown some of the amazing films shot by kids of different areas of Pakistan.

The evening session started with a Panel Discussion on “Film for Social Change”. The panelists along with the attendees discussed about how visual storytelling is one of the most effective mediums to create awareness in a society. The session ended with most of the guests agreeing that filmmaking is, in fact, the most interactive form of art and has the power of conveying a message of a thousand words in a few seconds.

Main screening was the last activity of 60SIFF – Faisalabad Chapter. The house was full yet there was pin drop silence indicating that the audience was fully absorbed in the films. The response we received was amazing and we are glad we stopped by Faisalabad during our journey. We would like to thank all our volunteers and of course Minerva Cinema Complex for helping us execute 60SIFF in the city of textiles!



60 Second Intl. Film Festival – Hyderabad Chapter


60 Second Intl. Film Festival that initiated its journey from Islamabad, reached Jamshoro, Hyderabad on 26th February and conducted a festival at CEAD MUET. The festival began with Filmmaking & Photography Workshops for kids that featured the introduction of different camera techniques, controls, and a little about the composition. The kids were handed out equipment required for better understanding of the concepts that were being taught to them. The attendees were then taken for Screening for Kids by Kids where the top films that children from across Pakistan made were screened.

After the jummah break, was the time for Panel Discussion on “Film for Social Change” where the panelists talked about the importance of visual storytelling in reforming a society and using it as a tool to draw attention towards the current societal issues of the country.

Later that evening, Bolo Bhi conducted an Open House on “Digital Security”. The session kicked off with an introduction of what Digital Security means and why it is important. The attendees were taught about the tools one can employ to keep themselves protected online. The seminar also drew attention towards the vulnerabilities when using social media and how to rule them out.

Then the attendees were taken to a separate campus for the Grand Screening where the top 60 second films of young filmmakers from all over the world were screened. Each and every film received immense amount of applaud from the audience. All in all, the festival was a massive success and we enjoyed our stay there. Thank you for the tremendous response.


60 Second Intl. Film Festival Comes to Swat

60 Second Intl. Film Festival – Swat Chapter was held today at the Pameer Hotel. The festival kicked off sharp at 10 a.m. with Photography and Filmmaking Workshops for children. We were thrilled to see the kids’ level of enthusiasm. They were ecstatic when they were handed out tablets and cameras for the practical exercise of the workshops. The students and some of the teachers too asked a lot of questions during the session that showed their genuine interest in this form of art.

To keep them engaged, there was a brief Q&A session where we handed out 60SIFF goodie bags along with lunch. Then, as per schedule, films from #MyCityMYStory campaign were played for the children followed by the screening of Burka Avenger.

The afternoon session consisted of Panel Discussion on Film for Social Change where panel members talked about the influence of media on a society and how a simple film holds the power of manipulating minds and shaping societies as a whole. After that followed the screening of the 35 sixty second films of the years 2015-2016. Swat’s natives’ response was so tremendous that almost every film received immense amount of applaud.

We absolutely loved Swat’s feedback and their hospitality and we hope to return next year.

Watch the slideshow below for a few glimpses of the event.

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60 Second Intl. Film Festival in Islamabad

The fourth round of 60 Second Intl. Film Festival started off with Filmmaking and Photography workshops for the kids that focused primarily on the basics for the children to understand. After the workshops, the children were able to view life through lens and capture it forever in a picture or a film.

To maintain the kids’ level of interest, there were also several stalls arranged including Burka Avenger and Minute to Win It. After that the children were served lunch from Cafe60 and were taken to the main screening hall for Screening for Kids by Kids where the top films that Team 60SIFF collected when travelling to different cities as part of the #MyCityMyStory campaign were aired.

The afternoon session for adults began at 4 p.m. with a Panel Discussion on “Film for Social Change”.  The panel members included former PTV Host, Tauseeq Haider, Tabinda Hassan, Tahir Imran, Khawar Azhar while the Director of 60SIFF, Abrar Ul Hassan acted as a moderator during the session. The panel members talked about the importance of media in shaping the society and how a simple film can make an influence on the whole nation. Tauseeq Haider concluded the session by mentioning that he sees hope in the future of Pakistan and Pakistani film industry.

Following the hour-long interactive discussion, was an open house on “Digital Security” conducted by Bolo Bhi. During the seminar, Farieha Aziz helped the audience understand the dangers and vulnerabilities when using the internet and took questions from them to help them secure their digital identity especially on social media to maximum capacity. “There are always going to be vulnerabilities no matter how secure you think you are because security can never be fool proof. What you need to know is how to navigate your way around social media without revealing too much,” said Farieha during the session.

The main screening began in the Grand Screening Hall at 6 p.m. where the best sixty-second films were displayed. This year, 60SIFF received over 500 hundred films from almost 40 countries that were filtered down to 35 for screening. Preceded by that, was the screening of ten 100 second films due to our collaboration with the 100 Second Film Festival.

The festival was concluded by a speech from the chief guest and the Director of 60SIFF, Abrar Ul Hassan. All in all, the event was a huge success and the response was tremendous. We thank all the attendees and volunteers for joining us and we hope to bring back the festival next year.


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60 Second Intl. Film Festival – Islamabad Chapter

We are coming to Islamabad on the 13th of February! 60 Second Intl. Film Festival aims to provide a platform for budding and experienced film makers to express and showcase their work to the general public.

In order to make this event into a learning experience for the next generation, we have organized a photography and filmmaking workshop to show kids under 15 what life behind the lens is like. To maintain the level of interest of children, the workshops are going to be interactive and will concentrate on all the monotonous yet interesting aspects of the industry.

That is not all because we have a lot in store for adults as well. First and foremost we have arranged a panel discussion on Films for Social Change, where individuals shall participate and debate about how films can drive change in a society and influence young minds and raise awareness about issues we are currently facing in the world.

Following the panel discussion, will be an hour long open house on “Digital Security”- a discussion on making your digital identity more secure. Last but the most important part – the screening. We encouraged young filmmakers from all over the world to make 60 second long films that hold a moral lesson or have a deeper meaning and are beautifully made. After much deliberation, we carefully picked out the best of the best and these videos shall be screened in the grand hall at the end of the festival, thus being our grand finale and putting an end to a fun filled day.

This festival is going to be an amazing experience for all of you. So mark your calendars for the 13th of February, 2016 because this is definitely an event that you will not want to miss!



Festival Announcement

The wait is finally over, we are back for 60SIFF 15-16 & we aspire to make this round more creative, loud and grand than ever before!

Having received a phenomenal amount of submissions from over 40 countries for this round, we are all set to inspire and entertain you with the shortlisted best of these. The films fall under diverse categories, namely: Creative, Abstract, Action, Comedy, Drama, Education, Environment, Interactive Art and Vision 2020 and Water.

After a deliberate in-house screening session, 60 films were shortlisted from the hundreds that had been received. Following this, our panel of jury comprising expert filmmakers, and dedicated to the goals of the 60 Second Intl. Film Festival, is selecting films on the basis of concept, content & execution and most importantly, the impact they create in the given span of 60 seconds.

Last year’s festival not only provided a platform for freedom of speech through stimulating films but also served as an international platform that promulgated the messages made my our filmmakers to a multitude of people. Besides this, given our philosophy of sharing a complete story in 60 seconds, a screening of 20 minutes allows the transfer of 20 powerful yet distinct ideas which are also very entertaining!

To keep up the glorious tradition of filmmaking, starting from February, we will be screening our top selection of films in cities all over Pakistan. Mark your calendars, we are coming to Islamabad on 13th February!
Watch this space for passes & more details.
Event page: http://on.fb.me/1OAyvJy

Find the schedule below so you don’t miss out on the fun we are planning for you this year.

Islamabad: 12th & 13th February
Swat: 19th February
Peshawar: 20th February
Hyderabad: 26th February
Karachi: 27th February
Lahore: 5th March
Multan: 5th March
Quetta: 10th, 11th & 12th March
Faisalabad: 12th March

Register yourself to attend the festival in your respective cities. The registration forms are available on our website. Be a part of our festival and have the opportunity of reveling in the creativity and art exhibited by our talented filmmakers.
We hope to see you soon! For more information, passes and event details, visit our website:



60SIFF – Campus Ambassadors’ Meetup


The much anticipated 60 second Intl. Film Festival campus ambassadors’ meet-up took place on Sunday, 20th December, and it was a triumph. The meeting begin at 5:30 PM after the arrival of the campus ambassadors at our venue, Fijji’s Grill, where all ambassadors were greeted by the 60SIFF team. The excitement of the young and ambitious campus ambassadors could be felt in the room. After all the campus ambassadors introduced their selves individually to the large group, the meeting was initiated. The ambassadors were given a brief introduction about what the 60 Second International Film Festival is about and what they can all look forward to. Throughout the meeting, the campus ambassadors were kept engaged in the discussion. Furthermore, they were encouraged to participate in the discussion regarding their roles in the upcoming festival. After the discussion, campus ambassadors were assigned different duties, such as, marketing the festival in their respective universities and colleges, recruiting volunteers for the festival, distributing festival passes, staying active on social media to promote the festival, etc.

To help the ambassadors gain more knowledge about the festival, some films from the last year’s festival were screened. The films’ screening stirred interest in the people and they cheered and applauded. Upon the conclusion of the meeting, dinner was served.

All in all, the meetup was great and the ambassadors left with more passion & enthusiasm than they originally had. We are absolutely overwhelmed by the eagerness shown by our campus ambassadors, so look forward to a tremendous festival this year.

Stay tuned for more updates!